Brandon Masters's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: You Don't Read Comics Reviews: 71
8.5Avg. Review Rating

10
Batman: Damned #1

Oct 14, 2018

Controversy and subsequent censorship aside, the team of Azzarello, Bermejo, and Fletcher have come up with what can honesty be called a work of art featuring Batman. If future new works under the DC Black Label are even half this good, this line has a good future.

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9.0
Batman: Damned #2

Dec 20, 2018

With one more issue planned for Batman: Damned, its hard to predict where this book will go next. The cliffhanger at the end of this book, controversial as it is, also questions if Batmans sanity is slipping away. Unfortunately, well have to wait until sometime in 2019 to find out the answer. At this rate, though, the finale just may be one worth waiting for.

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4.0
Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #18

May 30, 2018

As an opening chapter to a story, this isnt a bad one. It sets up the tale well, but when read as an indvidual issue rather than the first chapter of a trade, it falls short. Honestly, the story feels padded out to just hit the 20 pages it needs. However, it must be said the cliffhanger is certainly enough to make a lot of people come back for the next issue.

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8.4
Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #20

Jun 26, 2018

If you've ever wanted to see a grim and dark hero become the butt of life's jokes, this is the issue for you. It doesn't hurt that it's also a pretty enjoyable tale with a solid setup for next issue.

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9.0
Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #21

Jul 10, 2018

If short, this issue has Sauron, which instantly gives it a cheesy goodness that Peter David thrives on. If Spider-Mans clone fighting a were-Pterodactyl in tiny shorts isnt enough for you to at least leaf through it at the local comic shop, you just dont like comics.

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8.0
Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #23

Sep 14, 2018

A great examination of an age-old time travel dilemma, but light on the actual Spider-ness, this comic was ultimately setting up what could be the finale of Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider. It's worth reading, just to see where the future books are going.

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8.4
Champions (2019) #5

May 4, 2019

While this could have been a filler issue, Champions issue 5 is filled with a bunch of nods to the earlier run, has some great character moments, and even some closure for Teen Cyclops. If youre a fan of either version of Cyclops, this should be added to your pull list this week. If youre a Champions fan, it should definitely be in your collection.

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5.0
Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #3

May 4, 2019

As mentioned above, the book isnt overly bad but feels like the wrong project for the title. Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History should, by all logic, be a much better book than this. Theres something here for the fans who want some silly stories with Cosmic Ghost Rider, but it really feels like Marvel may already be running low on ideas for Old Man Frank.

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5.0
Crackdown (2019) #1

Feb 27, 2019

In all, theres a real attempt to craft something out of a create-a-character open world game, and thats commendable. However, the result feels incredibly generic and seems to be struggling in finding an identity of its own. Its not a bad comic, and there are much worse comics out there by talent not even trying. However, this is one of those books that only dedicated Crackdown fans should be grabbing.

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8.4
Daredevil (2015) #601

Apr 24, 2018

Daredevil is arguably the best its been in years, and this is definitely a story to check out.

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9.0
Daredevil (2015) #603

Jun 7, 2018

While Daredevil isnt always a book for everyone, Soule and his crew have built up a story that is a must-read for everyone.

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9.0
Daredevil (2015) #604

Jun 26, 2018

Easily one of Marvel's best books right now, the only reason not to pick up Daredevil is if you don't like comics.

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9.6
Daredevil (2015) #605

Jul 25, 2018

Soule is in his element in this book, and the art crew he's picked are perfect for Daredevil. This was easily one of the better stories Marvel has published in years, and is one of those rare times where a big character story could have easily been expanded into an event comic.

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9.0
Daredevil (2015) #606

Aug 15, 2018

The real gem is the cliffhanger, however. With such a mind-bending conclusion staring the reader in the face, long-standing readers of Daredevil are left with many questions as to what the devil Soule has planned. Buckle up, the crazy coaster is going uphill for another run.

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9.6
Daredevil (2015) #607

Aug 25, 2018

Fans who were expecting their own fan theory to be proven right may be disappointed by the revelation of who, or what, Mike is. However, Soule has set this up quite easily in the text, and the execution is a mind-blowing example of great storytelling. With Noto as his cohort, Soule seems to have some real devious things planned out for Matt Murdock. Mayor Fisk will have to wait.

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9.6
Daredevil (2015) #608

Sep 19, 2018

While Soule is probably far off from the always-fated showdown between the Kingpin and Daredevil, issues like these show that DD doesn't need to always be fighting epic waves of Hand ninja or the machinations of Wilson Fisk. Sometimes, all it needs is some family drama.

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9.0
Daredevil (2015) #609

Oct 26, 2018

Soule has actually gone on record that he feels it is his job to make it hard for his successor to continue. While Matt isnt dead yet, he looks to be building up to one heck of a climax. Buckle up, readers, because the Soule crazy train is starting up for one last run.

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9.6
Daredevil (2015) #611

Dec 5, 2018

With one hell of a cliffhanger at the final page, Soule and Noto have set up a fantastic showdown between Wilson Fisk and Ol Hornhead. At this rate, Soule will have presided over one of the best runs of Daredevil since Frank Miller. Obviously, you should be picking this one up.

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10
Daredevil (2015) #612

Dec 18, 2018

While far from the best issue to jump into Daredevils story, Soule has crafted a strong end to a very enjoyable story. While the deck may have been cleared for the next writer, Chip Zdarsky, to take the story wherever he pleases, Soule has also left several new toys in the toybox for Chip to play with when he takes the helm for Daredevil in the coming months. Go back through your local comic shops back issue bins (or grab some back-issues from Comixology) and dig up the start of this storyline if youve not read the opening issues yet. You wont be disappointed.

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9.0
Daredevil (2015) Annual #1

Sep 9, 2018

A solidly fun story, great art, and a rare perfect execution to both make this a great one-shot annual that everyone should check out at some point. If you like Daredevil's runs on Netflix, this is a great book to start on Hornhead's comic adventures, but it's also a fantastic introduction to Misty Knight as well. Fans of both characters have something to enjoy here.

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10
Daredevil (2019) #1

Feb 9, 2019

Daredevil #1 is nothing short of an amazing launch-off point for Chip Zdarsky's run. The comic is an amazing ride, and the cliffhanger really brings up questions that have never really been brought up before. Buckle up, fans. The crazy train has a new conductor.

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9.0
Daredevil (2019) #2

Mar 7, 2019

Chip Zdarsky seems to have upped the ante from where Charles Soule left the book, and he seems to have an entirely new course set up for the Murdock Crazy Train in mind. One of the best books at Marvel is as good as ever, and its hard to find a reason not to recommend it to EVERYONE.

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9.6
Daredevil (2019) #6

Jun 6, 2019

Zdarsky promised he would take Daredevil in some exciting ways, and he certainly has. As with his other works, there's a ton of heart in this book, and seeing how the world tries to cope without Daredevil is fascinating. This is one of those books that deserves a place on your pull list if you haven't picked it up already.

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6.0
Dark Red #1

Mar 30, 2019

With an exciting start and a solid execution, it looks like Dark Red is leaning towards a slightly more traditional take on Vampires with the urban fantasy genre. The cliffhanger really hints at more that may take the book to strange and beautiful places, or crash and burn. Time and future issues will tell.

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8.4
Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive #1

Nov 8, 2018

While the book isnt for everyone, Dick Tracy: Dead of Alive #1 seems to be a great start into a thrilling tale of suspense and explosions. If crime books are your thing, or if you cant get enough of characters like Judge Dredd being true to themselves and justice itself, then this is a book that you should really look into. At the very least, its great to see a hero being the unstoppable force for once.

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9.6
Die #1

Dec 18, 2018

While the story is only beginning, the opening of the book examining how much a normal person can become messed up from such an adventure is amazing. Great writing and beautiful art, this is worth checking out without waiting for issue two.

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9.6
Die #2

Jan 18, 2019

With a compelling story, beautiful art, and some seriously interesting twists on cliche, Die is a great book. If youre into fantasy, or Japanese isekai stories, you need to check it out.

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10
Die #3

Feb 14, 2019

While Die may have taken a brief aside to explain how horrifying the world can be, it only serves to act as character development for two of our main characters and draw the reader further inside the books world. If Die is a hundred issues, or only five, issues like this make the book worth at least checking out for anyone whos a fantasy fan.

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10
Die #4

Mar 8, 2019

Its hard not to argue that this is one of the best comics out there, and easily the best fantasy comic around right now. If youve not picked up Die yet, and Fantasy is even remotely your bag, this comic needs to be in your collection. Or you could wait for the trade, though youll be waiting until June for that.

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9.6
Die #5

Apr 20, 2019

Die has once more proven that this is a book that deserves to be in your long box or on your shelf. Compelling characters, twisted motives, and beautiful art make for an utterly fantastic package. If youve not checked this book out yet, you need to.

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9.0
Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur's Gate #1

May 1, 2018

Even if the reader only knows Baldurs Gate as a video game people played years ago, this book plays well to both new readers and old fans alike. It doesnt take an encyclopedic knowledge of a monster manual to enjoy this book, and is certainly worth flipping through for the miniature giant space hamster alone.

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8.4
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2019) #1

Jan 11, 2019

In short, this is a wonderful opening story for a new Spider-Man book. Continuity demands are light, and both the main story and backup story that can easily go places. Fans looking to pick up a new comic should check this one out if theyve liked Spidey in the past. Super-fans? Its a safe bet youve already gotten this one.

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7.0
Hulkverines #1

Feb 27, 2019

Hulkverines! Is a book where you pretty much get whats on the box: Hulk, Wolverine, and their combined knockoff coming to blows in a traditional Marvel Misunderstanding for the ages. While its not going to win any major awards, Hulkverines! is an absolutely delightful romp with dark humor and gamma-powered action. If youve got some spare change this week, think about picking it up.

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9.6
Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #1

May 30, 2018

Darkhawk is back once more, and it seems Sims and Bowers have one heck of an adventure in store. Even if youve never heard of the guy, this is a comic worth picking up.

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9.6
Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #4

Jul 23, 2018

This was a fantastic series. It's refreshing to see a miniseries tie-in with a major event like this be so downright enjoyable, and it's hard to see this book go.

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7.0
Major X #1

Apr 12, 2019

With a cliffhanger right out of one of Liefelds last books, its hard to say if nostalgia over Robs art is going to sell this book alone. His books still sell fantastically, but is Liefelds knack for fever dream storytelling and unusual body types enough to sell a book? The random montage of motorcycling aside, the book remains downright enjoyable. However, time will tell if Liefeld can keep up this pace.

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8.0
Man Without Fear (2019) #1

Jan 3, 2019

While its reasonable to assume that Matt Murdock will eventually wake from his coma, its very hard to predict how Matt will emerge from it. Another question left asked by the book is what his mental state will be like, which is certainly something that will keep hardcore Hornhead fans coming back for more. If youre into Daredevil, or want to know what happened after Charles Soule left Matt on the operating table, definitely check this book out.

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8.0
Man Without Fear (2019) #2

Jan 11, 2019

Still reflecting on a lifetime of regrets and pain, Man Without Fear leaves reader wondering if Matt can even recover from this life, or if this book is paving the way for a legacy character to take the role. Either way, the rest of this series should be fascinating.

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8.0
Man Without Fear (2019) #3

Jan 19, 2019

With the miniseries hitting the midway point, and Marvel now advertising that Matt Murdock is going to be Daredevil in the upcoming Chip Zdarskys run on the character, its fast becoming hard to see Matt not recovering. However, the journey on the road to recovery is honestly a refreshing and interesting one, and one that anyone who likes Daredevil should pick up.

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9.6
Man Without Fear (2019) #4

Jan 30, 2019

With one issue to go, Matt becoming Daredevil again seems a foregone conclusion with Fisk taking an interest in him. Time will tell if MacKay and his katamari of revolving artists can land the final issue. However, its hard not to argue its been a real treat for Daredevil fans so far.

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10
Man Without Fear (2019) #5

Feb 6, 2019

If you like comics, this book needs to be in your collection.

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8.0
Marvel Super Heroes Adventures: Spider-Man and the Stolen Vibranium #1

Apr 18, 2018

The only problem is, the book seems to alienate older readers at the same time. The art style shift feels like shifting gears without a clutch, and that alone can easily turn off readers who expect the more realistic style found in most Marvel books. Its entirely possible to work past it, and a fun, short story awaits those who do.

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9.6
Merry X-Men Holiday Special #1

Dec 18, 2018

Each Holiday has some form of representation here, and there are enough character moments and X-Men in-jokes to please even the most jaded comic fan. This could be an awesome stocking stuffer for the X-Men fan in your life, or something to break out each year for a re-read. Take some of that extra Christmas cash, if you have it, and make sure to check this book out. You wont regret it.

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9.0
My Hero Academia: Vigilantes #4

May 9, 2019

If you like superheroes, this book really should be something you look into. 'It's a different flavor with a decidedly Japanese bend (it is manga, after all), but the Vigilantes side story even feels like a full story without needing full knowledge about the series it's spinning off from. I would recommend picking up the first three volumes first, as jumping in without reading them will undoubtedly cause confusion.

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8.4
Spider-Geddon #1

Oct 24, 2018

If youre a Spider-fan, youve already picked this book up. While Spidergeddon #1 isnt the best Spider-Man single issue ever printed, it opens up the door for what looks to be an interesting and solid event story. Indeed, if its half as entertaining as Spider-Verse was, then itll be better than any main Marvel event released in the last few years.

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8.4
Spider-Geddon #2

Nov 8, 2018

It is still hard to say if this book will surpass the original Spider-Verse, as it is playing for lower stakes and a smaller cast. However, by not going for spectacle, there is a tighter crew who feel more like characters than fodder. At the very least, this alone makes the issue worth reading. If youre a Spider-fan, its easily the best book of his on the rack this week.

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9.0
Spider-Geddon #3

Nov 21, 2018

While the main conflict has only just begun, the different factions that show up in the Spider teams actually help keep things fresh and feeling new. Further, introducing new characters as even more bizarre twists on the classic Spidey formula has begun to make this event feel worthy of being a separate book, as well as a worthy successor to the previous Spider-Verse storyline. Time will tell if Spider-Geddon is superior, but if the quality of the book keeps up, it will.

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9.0
Spider-Geddon #4

Nov 29, 2018

With Spider-Geddon two-thirds over, the story is really beginning to rev up on what looks like it could be a fantastic climax. Events these days tend to sputter out around this time or are often hit with delays that kill momentum. However, Spider-Geddon seems to be avoiding this so far, and the execution of this story so far gives hope that it finishes as strong as it began.

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9.6
Spider-Geddon #5

Jan 1, 2019

Spider-Geddon has been one hell of a ride. While there were some rough spots with side stories being spoiled by releasing part of the story early, the event never dragged and rarely left readers confused or disillusioned over the story itself. As said above, landing even a satisfactory ending in an event is a great thing, and this entire team just nailed a 9.0 out of 10. Pick this comic up, or wait for the completed trade. Either way, this ones worth your time.

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8.0
Star Trek vs. Transformers #1

Oct 3, 2018

The book feels short, but ends on an interesting cliffhanger, and it looks like readers wont need to wait long for a handshake between Captain Kirk and Optimus Prime. If youre looking for franchise-defining, revolutionary content, dont try here. However, what awaits the reader within is a great popcorn comic with a lot of love and care put into the product. If youre a fan of either franchise, youre in for a delight.

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8.4
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #1

Jul 25, 2018

While only the start, there's a real fascinating storyline here that would have been a blast to see on the small screen. As a Star Trek comic, there usually isn't any higher praise, but there are some minor flaws that keep it from being as great as the premise.

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8.0
Star Wars: Age Of The Republic: Obi-Wan Kenobi #1

Jan 3, 2019

As a stand-alone story, Star Wars: Age of Republic: Obi-Wan is a very solid presentation with some very cool character work that helps fill in the gaps between movies. However, it also doesnt feel overly necessary as a story, so it winds up being a comic that only major hardcore Star Wars fans should pick up immediately. Everyone else should wait until May, when the collected versions of Age of Republic will be coming out.

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8.0
Star Wars: Tie Fighter #1

Apr 20, 2019

Star Wars: Tie Fighter, also titled The Shadow Falls, is one part of a story. Obviously, this one focuses on the side of the Empire. The upcoming Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron, scheduled for a June 4th release, will cover the Rebellions half of the story. While the comic seems to stand alone on its own, Marvel and Disney did see fit to toss in a preview chapter for the reader. While the tale should make Star Wars fans happy with the other side of the conflict receiving focus, casual fans may want to wait for a collection to put on their bookshelf instead.

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8.4
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Urban Legends #1

May 31, 2018

Knowing what happens in advance doesnt ruin the enjoyment of this issue. Its still fast-paced, violent, and surprising as ever. While something just feels missing when compared to the Eastman and Laird books, Images run on the Turtles was pretty decent for what it was at the time. At the very least, this book is worth checking out if you want something different from IDWs current ongoing.

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8.0
Terminator: Sector War #1

Aug 22, 2018

Needless to say, if the last few cinematic outings for Terminator left you cold, this comic is right up your alley.

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7.0
Transformers: Bumblebee Movie Prequel #1

Jul 29, 2018

While it certainly isn't what anyone expected, this is a great first issue. You should really grab this if you're jonesing for some lighter Transformers fare than the excellent lore-heavy IDW books, or don't mind reading through the comic equivalent of popcorn: really enjoyable and tasty, but not that filling in the long run.

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8.4
Vault of Spiders #1

Nov 14, 2018

In all, this is a great package of unique takes of Spider-Man and his mythos. The only real complaint is that some of these stories are just too short. However, the overall quality of these stories more than makes up for their length, a rarity in anthology publications from Marvel and DC these days.

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9.6
Vault of Spiders #2

Nov 21, 2018

All three of these stories are worth reading, but only the last one could really benefit from a full issue expansion. That puts this issue well and above over the first Vault of Spiders issue, and well worth your reading dollar.

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8.4
Wailing Blade #1

May 16, 2019

Wailing Blade is a cross of a lot of fresh ideas, excellent designs, and some charming writing. This book quickly shows that the people working on it love the world theyre setting up and that passion is pretty infectious. Pick it up, its worth a look.

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7.0
Weapon H #3

May 23, 2018

If youre into the spectacle of a giant Hulk-Wolverine hacking into monsters equally as bizarre, this is easily a book for you. Otherwise, this may read better in trade format down the road.

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6.0
Weapon H #6

Aug 15, 2018

This issue had some great action, but really feels like a bundle of missed potential.

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9.6
West Coast Avengers (2018) #1

Aug 28, 2018

While the scope of the comic is obviously as far from the cosmic stakes the Avengers have taken in recent years, Marvel potentially has a AAA comic crafted from some of the more bizarre characters available.

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9.0
West Coast Avengers (2018) #2

Sep 23, 2018

The first issue showed a lot of promise, and was a pretty strong showing. This issue keeps up that steam, and, if Kelly Thompson doesn't have a great plot already thought out, she's fantastic at winging it. If you're into lighthearted fare and want some more Hawkeyes in your life, or want some escape from the Infinity Wars going on, this is easily the best comic on the market for you.

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9.6
West Coast Avengers (2018) #5

Dec 18, 2018

West Coast Avengers is a rare breed right now. Not only is it a team book, but its a team book that actually invests in its characters and has personal drama. That already makes WCA worth looking into, but Thompson has some real magic in her dialogue and a knack for personal drama without dragging the book down. This is one of the few comics that is always worth your purchasing dollar, and this is a great issue to check out if youve not read the book before.

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8.4
West Coast Avengers (2018) #6

Jan 1, 2019

While this is a middle part of the story, issue 6 of West Coast Avengers is still incredibly strong and delivers a great comic. While its hard to recommend as someones first issue, the story does a solid enough job filling in people as it goes. Readers familiar with the story so far really shouldnt miss this one.

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9.0
West Coast Avengers (2018) #7

Feb 6, 2019

West Coast Avengers still remains an incredibly enjoyable book, and the plot seems to be moving forward between the antics and character development. While the stakes are nowhere near as high as the main line Avengers, the book feels incredibly more personal, which can make for a more intense drama than the universe being in danger once more. Even if youre not a fan of either Hawkeye, theres still something here for every Marvel fan.

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9.0
West Coast Avengers (2018) #8

Mar 2, 2019

The Avengers of the West Coast may be a team of utter goofballs, but theyre a team with heart. Its a beautiful rush not to have to read about the end of the world each week and to have characters grow in ways that wont be ignored by a solo book coming out that same week. Once again, WCA remains one of the best books in Marvels library. You need to check it out, and this would be a great place to start for a new reader.

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7.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #26

May 1, 2018

While the storyline of Cry Havok has been a chaotic mess, the end result has been incredibly entertaining so far. This new X-Team has some interesting histories and fantastic drama potential, though it remains to be seen if this team sticks around once the chaos is over. This is one of those comics that will probably read better collected, but, in a single issue, it reads like a big blockbuster movie trying to be clever: big, dumb action scenes with big, dumb plotting that actually leaves the reader wondering what might happen next.

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6.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #27

May 16, 2018

While delivering much less action than before, Bunn seems to be revving up for a conclusion on the Cry Havok storyline. Its hard to tell where its going to end, but hopefully Bunn and his crew bring the story out of this stall before it ends.

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7.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #30

Jul 5, 2018

While it's not the ending some readers were hoping for, it's certainly an interesting look at two of the children of Wolverine, and the only book dealing with any potential fallout from Venomized. Check it out if you're looking for either.

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10
X-Men: Grand Design - Second Genesis #2

Sep 4, 2018

In short, if you're an X-Men fan, or even just acquainted with the characters through cartoons or movies, you need to pick up this series. The Grand Design line has, so far, condensed over 20 years of X-Men comics into 4 issues of content, and it doesn't disappoint.

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